If you haven’t played Alan Wake and were thinking about it, this is your last chance. Literally. Remedy’s 2010 action game is disappearing from online stores on May 15th, the developer has announced. Once it’s gone, it’s for good, most likely.
Ending at 10 a.m. Pacific, Alan Wake is on sale for 90% off.
— Remedy Entertainment (@remedygames) May 12, 2017
Music licensing ruins everything
From old MTV shows like Daria to games like Alan Wake, music can be a crucial part of the experience. The right musical cue in the right moment can make a scene in a game, show, or movie stick. In games, I think of moments like burning the fields in Far Cry 3, riding into Mexico in Red Dead Redemption, the airport scene in Max Payne 3, and singing Sublime’s “What I Got” with your friend at the beginning of Saint’s Row: The Third. They’re all moments that are permanently etched into my brain, thanks in part to that music.
Unfortunately, music licensing is weird, and the way it works is different for each type of media. TV shows, for example, are often able to use music during broadcast, but not if the show is released on DVD or streaming. Music licensing in games is often platform-specific or, in the case of Alan Wake‘s online sales, for a set period of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if we started seeing more instances of games disappearing from stores due to licencing agreements in the next few years.
Alan Wake‘s soundtrack punctuated each of the game’s chapters perfectly, and imagining the game without its music just isn’t the same. If you somehow haven’t checked out this gem, this is your last chance.